Blindness Summary

A stunningly powerful novel of humanity's will to survive against all odds during an epidemic by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
An International Bestseller  • "This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—Boston Globe
 A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of our worst appetites and weaknesses—and humanity's ultimately exhilarating spirit.
"This is a an important book, one that is unafraid to face all of the horror of the century."—Washington Post

A New York TimesNotable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

Book Reviews

Sasquatch/Big Foot

Blindness5 star

A tour de force, what an incredible imagination coupled with a deep knowledge of the human heart.55

Want to like it.

A note on punctuation2 star

To be clear, I am all for breaking convention, but not the conventions of grammar. I don't care about whatever higher message the lack of correct punctuation has, it's obnoxious. In my humble opinion, quotation marks are not optional.25

wabash sphinx

Blindness1 star

When I got an email from Apple touting Blindness by Jose Saramago, I had to take a look. I read it a few years ago and have to say it’s among the five worst books I read. I like a wide range of literature (and have a Ph.D. in Latin American history), so I’m not mad because I picked up the wrong close-out at the discount store. This is a pointless book that could only be conceptualized by someone who views life as meaningless, which fits with someone steeped in Marxist-Leninist thought. But, if you enjoy pointless depression, go right ahead.15


Awesome read!!5 star

I don't normally read these types of novels, but this one is really an awesome read! Would recommend it to anyone!!55


Excelente5 star

É um clássico o qual todos devem ler. A falta de pontuação deve-se ao estilo do autor e não devido à erros. Critica, contundentemente, a sociedade atual.55

ER Priest

Good but...3 star

At the end of the book there is a publishers note regarding the translation. At times the book was difficult to read due to improper punctuation. Several instances where use of quotation marks would have been helpful, very annoying to read dialogue between multiple people and commas are used to intermediate between what each person is saying and no indication of who said what.35

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